After greater than two decades and quite a few feasibility research, building of the 830km Mindanao Railway Network is lastly set to begin next year.
The the primary stage will run from Tagum City in Davao del Norte to Digos City in Davao del Sur.
The bold infrastructure venture has seen 4 presidents come and go with none concrete progress.
Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had even created the Mindanao Railways Office, but it surely was abolished by her successor Benigno Aquino.
However, when President Duterte was elected final year, he pledged that the Mindanao Railway Network can be his first large venture.
Speaking on the the Philippine Transport Forum in Pasig City right now (Monday, July three), Transportation Undersecretary for Rails Cesar Chavez stated: ”By the second quarter of 2018, we are going to lastly begin with the development of the primary leg of the Mindanao Railway.
“Between now and December, we are organising the project management office. Former president Arroyo created it during her time for the Mindanao Railway and Davao and Cebu. We want to unbundle that and we are doing that right now.”
He added that the federal government had allotted a 6.5-billion peso funds for land acquisition and engineering for the primary section.
“Now, we are doing the land acquisition,” he stated. “We want 340 hectares of property to cowl the 103km. Mostly agricultural land. Substantially, it’s clear how a lot that is.
“By the first quarter of 2018, we will buy the land because the budget is allocated for next year.”
The railway will ultimately join Mindanao cities together with Davao, Zamboanga, Butuan, Surigao, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan and General Santos.
Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade stated the federal government is making a Philippine Railway Institute, which is able to function a coaching centre for workers of all public railways.
“We are now trying to formulate the curriculum as we are trying to formulate the structures that will be in that institute,” Tugade informed reporters.